“If you listen, you will hear him.” “In the question, He’s the answer.” These are lyrics to the song “The Voice of God” by Dontae Bowe. The song boasts of the many different ways we can hear the voice of God; in the New York City Streets and in the Georgia fields of green. When we pause and listen, his voice is everywhere.
I remember as a child we would have these listening exercises where the teacher would challenge us to be completely silent and still for a period of time to listen. It took quite some time for the bustling noise of the classroom to come to a halt. We’d go thirty seconds, then a minute and someone would sneeze, cough, drop something or the class clown made some weird noise and we would begin again. After about five minutes we finally settled. Our senses left the world we were in and suddenly the slightest sound could be heard.
I still remember hearing the classroom lights buzzing. It wasn’t until that moment that I even knew they buzzed. I was totally oblivious to the sound that could only be heard in silence. As more sounds began to surface, I became excited anticipating the next sound. Believe it or not these exercises became one of my favorites. They were like scavenger hunts of sound that brought me great joy.
Little did I know these exercises were an elementary training ground to hearing the voice of God. Now, as an adult I still practice silence. The only problem is the noise in this classroom is much louder. This year has been full of additional external noise which has caused our internal noise to higheten. We may find uncertainty, fear and worry speaking louder than before but the noise must be silenced. It cannot be allowed to exalt itself above the knowledge of God. (2 Corinthian 10:5)
This holiday season I challenge you to complete the silence exercise. Turn off the television, take one less phone call and let social media have a rest. If you have kids this is a great practice for them to learn as well. Put your worries and concerns on the shelf; more than likely you don’t know what to do with them anyway. Quieting the noise is beneficial to all. I pray that this holiday season you find a way to silence the noise and hear his still small voice. (I Kings 19: 11-13) In those moments may you hear the answer to all your questions. May his love and peace envelope you.
Author: Petrina Milan